Architecture and art, Feature

Spectacular Giant Statues Watching over the Surroundings

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We all know the famous statues of Rushmore or Rio de Janeiro, but not all grand statues are so well known. In an attempt to do them justice, here are some of the grandest statues in the world: Genghis Khan, Mongolia – 40 meters What better way to start this list than with the world’s greatest and bloodiest conqueror? This tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River was built…

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Mediterranean, Western Europe

The smaller jewels of Portugal: Coimbra, Evora, Aveiro and Braga

Coimbra. Image via Nelson Carvalheiro.

Portugal is well known for its amazing beaches in the Algarve – most people visit the country in the summer to enjoy the Sun and the ocean. Also, the big cities (Porto and Lisbon) take the lion’s share when it comes to visitors. But that doesn’t mean that other cities aren’t just as beautiful! Here, I’ll be sharing with you some of Portugal’s best kept secrets – lovely small cities that you’ll certainly enjoy visiting….

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Architecture and art, Destinations, Eastern Europe, Ski, sports and adventure

The Abandoned Villages of Romania

A map of all the abandoned settlements in Romania.

When the Communist Regime in Romania wanted the local industry to boom, they relocated many people from villages to cities. The population, which was predominantly rural, started to shift, as more and more people moved to the country’s urban centers. When the regime fell, many things changed in Romania, but that trend didn’t – more and more people are leaving villages today, up to the point where entire villages are deserted. A new study has…

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Food, Other

9 Delicious Warming Drinks From Around the World

Xocolatl, or Aztec chocolate, is spiced with chili pepper. (Photo: Julie Metkalova/Shutterstock)

Winter is almost over, but in many parts of the world, it’s still unpleasantly cold. Tea and a hot cocoa often do the trick… but sometimes you just want something different – you want to explore the tastes of other places. If that’s how you feel, or if you simply want a warm, delightful drink to enjoy in the afternoon, here are some of the best (and not so well known) beverages that can keep you…

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Gear & Equipment, Transportation, Travel Tips

Tips and tricks on how to pack your cabin baggage

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I know how hard it can be when you have your first flight to prepare – packing your luggage properly can be quite a challenge – especially as a girl! Actually when I first travelled by plane to London I didn’t even know that I can take my beauty products so I had to pay a big tax for an extra luggage just for that and a few clothes. But in the past few years I’ve had the…

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Architecture and art, Photography, Sightseeing, Uncategorized

Street art in Cuenca, Ecuador – the secret of turning walls into canvas

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You’ve got to admit – graffities are everywhere. It’s simply impossible to imagine yourself in a world where there’s no scratch on the public toilets, no tags on old railway carriages, or on the road signs. But it’s always puzzled me how talented street artists not only fail to get the proper consideration for their works, but are often put in the situation to pay fines.   It’s partly why I’ve always been impressed by…

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Sightseeing, Western Europe

Giethoorn – The city on Water

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Giethoorn is a small Dutch village with about 2,600 inhabitants. But even so, it’s definitely one of the most amazing places in Western Europe – it’s practically built on water. In Giethoorn, it’s easier to travel by boat than by foot or bike, and there are over 180 bridges! The village became famous in 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. Back in the day, there were no roads…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Things to do

Stunning Enchanted Library Opens up in Bucharest

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In the heart of Romania’s capital Bucharest, a lovely XIX century edifice was transformed into a cultural jewel – a spectacular display filled with a collection of both classic and modern literature, albums, DVDs, and of course – tea. The Cărtureşti Carusel, also called “The Carousel of Light” is located on a street with long standing tradition – it was the place where merchants of old from Leipzig, Krakow and all around Europe came to sell…

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Architecture and art, Europe, Photography

Exploring the Wonderful Abandoned Architecture in Germany

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If you’re thinking that Germany’s architecture is not that spectacular, well… you’re wrong! (and I have to say, so was I). Germany is among the countries with the richest history in the world, albeit, it’s not quite the happiest history – nor is it the one we usually want to remember. Photographer Christian Richter began exploring not only the country’s grandiose buildings, but particularly the abandoned ones – here’s the result. This is his “Abandoned” series….

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Europe, Mediterranean, Sightseeing

4 Things Not To Miss While Visiting Croatia

Image via Balkan Incoming.

Croatia is quickly becoming one of the hottest countries to visit – and for good reason. The delightful climate, wonderful natural landscapes and picturesque cities make for a wonderful vacation, no matter what your expectations are. There are many attractions in sunny Croatia, but here are the ones you absolutely don’t want to miss. Plitvice Park We’ve written about Plitvice Park before, but I just feel like it’s not enough! Located in the heart of Croatia,…

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